Congratulations to both the Wisconsin Rugby Club and Wisconsin Women's Rugby teams for winning the 2015 Midwest Championships and advancing to the USA Rugby Division 2 national tournament.
Wisconsin has teams competing in the collegiate 7s national championships and we're starting to see a clearer picture in the Boys High School playoffs. Here's what's happening in our rugby community this week ...
Remember to check out the latest scores reported for matches played in Wisconsin here on the WRFU website.
Please visit the WRFU Referee Assignments to see these online. We've got a rare quiet spring weekend here in Wisconsin. Here are the remaining assignments for the weekend.
- FDL Chicago Silver backs D3M Steve Marvin 1:00
- WRFC Chicago Griffins D2M Erik Goetz 1:00
COLLEGIATE 7s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wisconsin ruggers should keep an eye on Colorado this weekend as two of our men's collegiate teams will be competing in the USA Rugby College 7s National Championships. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Men will be competing in the Division 1 tournament, while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men will be looking for top honors in Division 2. Goff on Rugby has some pool picks listed here in this competitive elite tournament.
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
You can see playoff scores from the Boys High School playoffs here on the WRFU website. And we've got the brackets here for the quarterfinals in both Division 1 and Division 2.
In Division 1, we'll see Middleton vs. Whitefish Bay and Pulaski vs. Elkhorn battling to send the winners to the State Championship next weekend in De Pere, Wis. (near Green Bay). In Division 2, Parkway will play Southern Lakes, while Green Bay takes on Sheboygan. Best wishes to all eight teams competing this weekend to move on.
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
Two Wisconsin Girls High School teams traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., last weekend to compete in the National Invitational Championship. In Division 1, undefeated Wisconsin and Midwest Champion Divine Savior Holy Angels finished fourth overall. Catholic Memorial also competed in Division 2, but we're still looking for scores from those games.
Next weekend, the Girls High School 7s State Championship will take place at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove, Wis., just east of Madison. Nine schools will compete across Division 1 and Division 2. Click here for a flier with more information and a schedule. There will be a $5 gate fee for fans. Players and Coaches are free.
SENIOR CLUB PLAYOFFS
2015 Division 4 Midwest Champions - The Milwaukee Rugby Football Club
Our state saw three of our five senior men's and women's clubs competing at the Midwest Championships take the 2015 titles. In a Madison sweep, both the Wisconsin Rugby Club (Division 2 Men) and Wisconsin Women's Rugby team (Division 2 Women) won their respective Midwest Championships to qualify for the USA Rugby East Regionals (Top 8 teams in the nation). Additionally, the Milwaukee Rugby Football Club claimed the Division 4 men's championship to cap their season. USA Rugby does not currently have a D4 national championship, so Milwaukee is done for the spring as Midwest Champs.
Down 27-14 heading into the last 20 minutes, the Wisconsin Rugby Club men rallied back to take a narrow 28-27 lead with just minutes left in the match. They held off the opposition as the final whistle blew, but a tired referee's scoring match nearly handed the opposition the match until statistics were verified for a nervous Wisconsin side. The WRC will play the New York Rugby Club at 1:45 eastern on Saturday, May 30 in Charlotte, North Carolina to advance to the national quarterfinals.
The Wisconsin Women had an easier time with their scorelines, earning two large wins last weekend to win their first Midwest Championship in more than 20 years. In Saturday's semifinal, Wisconsin defeated in-state rivals, the Milwaukee Scylla, 37-11 to advance to Sunday's final against the undefeated Cincinnati Kelts. After a slow start on Saturday, Wisconsin jumped out to take a three-try lead against the Kelts Sunday morning and never looked back. Wisconsin defeated the Kelts, 43-17, to take the title and earn their first trip back to Nationals since 2001. They will play the Burlington (Vermont) Women at 11:45 eastern on Saturday, May 30 in Charlotte to advance to the national quarterfinals. The WWRFC is also fundraising for this trip.
The Milwaukee RFC earned the D4 Midwest title with two wins last Saturday. The grueling same-day schedule saw Milwaukee knock down Detroit 55-12 . With just a few hours to recover, Milwaukee defeated the Eastside Banshees (Minnesota) 44-32 for the Midwest trophy.
In Division 1 action, the Milwaukee Barbarians ended their playoff run with a 48-11 loss to the Kansas City Barbarians. Milwaukee stayed within strike range through 60 minutes, down just 27-11, but lost momentum to the eventual Midwest Champions in the closing minutes. The Barbarians now turn their competitive side to 7s and summer training.